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This Time Next Year... Will You Watch Non-HD Channels?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by LarryFlowers, Dec 10, 2007.

This Time Next Year.. Will You Be Watching Channels That are SD?

  1. No

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  2. Yes

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  3. No, What's SD?

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  4. SD/HD Who Cares

    21.8%
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  1. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

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    We are less than 14 months from the end of Analog TV. We have just experienced the largest HD channel conversion ever.

    If you are into HD you probably are already tending to watch programming in HD.

    Programming that occurs on an SD channel like BBCA's Torchwood which repeats on HDNET in HD is already very popular.

    So what do YOU think?
     
  2. aramus8

    aramus8 Godfather

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    The wife and I love Torchwood on HDNet, but to say it is very popular just isn't true as HDNet doesn't have enough viewers to even be rated at this point. As for watching SD broadcasts, I don't do that now.
     
  3. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    Heck, I barely watch any SD now.

    That's right, I said heck.
     
  4. Michael D'Angelo

    Michael D'Angelo Lifetime Achiever

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    If there is a channel that I watch that is only offered in SD than yes I will still be watching SD.
     
  5. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

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    Dripping...
    If there's something I want to watch and it's only on a SD channel then yep, I'll watch SD.
     
  6. davemayo

    davemayo Hall Of Fame

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    Same here.
     
  7. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    98% of everything we watch is in HD now. ;)

    By the way, shut down of Analog TV has nothing to do with HD.
     
  8. WERA689

    WERA689 Well-Known Member

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    Doggone it, I quit watchin' that lame stuff too! HD or NO SEE!
     
  9. Michael D'Angelo

    Michael D'Angelo Lifetime Achiever

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    Plus any show that is not in 16x9 I will still watch the SD version so I can stretch the picture to fill the screen.
     
  10. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

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    Comedy Central is my last SD channel.
     
  11. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

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    I know that the end of Analog has nothing to do with HD...

    But broadcasting Digital SD is... I lack the words..:nono2:
     
  12. Draconis

    Draconis New Member

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    I will continue to watch SD channels as long as they have something worth watching.

    One thing I feel I need to point out, yes the end of Analog TV is coming but that does not mean the end of SD channels. You can broadcast SD channels digitally just like you can broadcast HD channels. Many stations may take a budget-friendly approach and convert the broadcast towers first and then get the HD cameras at a later time.

    SatCasters broadcast everything digitally anyways; the receiver converts the signal to analog (if you are using the coaxial cables) in the end users home. So DIRECTV and Dish subscribers will not have to purchase a new TV.

    The big problem is that many local channels do not have a digital line to DIRECTV's broadcast center so we may be looking at some local channels going offline when the conversion takes place.

    http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/33691/98/
     
  13. PlinytheWelder

    PlinytheWelder Cool Member

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    I watch a handful of programs in SD every week (60 Minutes comes to mind). Suffering through an hour of SD makes HD seem even better, like the pain of a toothache going away...:eek:
     
  14. JACKIEGAGA

    JACKIEGAGA N.Y. FOOTBALL GIANTS

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    Well unfortunately every channel and every show is not HD so yes I will watch SD programming
     
  15. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

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    Na Na Nana, Hey Hey, Good Bye to fuzzy SD.
     
  16. kevinwmsn

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    I voted no, but there are still programs that I watch on a HD station but not broadcasted in HD(inside the nfl on HBO among others). For me to quit watching SD, I mainly need WGN, Comedy Central, ESPN News, Chiller, Disney, the premium channels that are SD, and local CW, and WB to broadcast in HD(they are not HD OTA). There's not much more I want in HD, hopefully by summer DirectTV will have all the channels including the locals provided by Sat.
     
  17. rdiedrich

    rdiedrich Legend

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    I don't watch SD now why would I then?

    Randy
     
  18. simonkodousek

    simonkodousek Godfather

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    I don't watch any SD as it is, so no! :)
     
  19. tonyd79

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    Will I watch absolutely no SD? No. But I watch very little of it now and most of that is SD on HD channels. I am sure I'll be watching even less SD next year.
     
  20. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

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    Until my 32" TV in the living room breaks down I will be watching 100% SD. Until my TV in the kitchen, den, and bedroom break down, I will be watching SOME SD programming.

    Everyone cannot afford HDTV. In fact, I think all the smug HDTV afficionados on this system are going to get a BIG SURPRISE in 2009 when the "end of analog TV" date gets pushed back because not enough converters have been distributed to folks who can't afford them and/or the general public finally figures out that the over-the-air channels as they know them are going away. (Even with the government-sponsored $40 rebate on two converters per family)
     
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